WaterAfrica Board

Gary Mittelstaedt began serving as WaterAfrica’s President in October 2014. He joined the WaterAfrica Board in 2012 having a desire to make meaningful difference in the lives of those living in extreme poverty. He and his wife Judi traveled to Zambia with WaterAfrica in 2010 and saw first-hand the life transformations that began for village people when clean, sustainable water is provided by the World Vision Water, Sanitation, and Hygiene Program. They learned how foundational this healthy water is for all subsequent community development efforts including food security, health, children’s education, and economic empowerment. Their second trip to Zambia in 2015 was very exciting to see the tremendous progress being made. Gary retired from Intel Corporation January 1, 2014, following 17 years in global business development roles. Gary’s 45-year technology career included companies Mentor Graphics, Advanced Micro Devices, Honeywell Information Systems and General Electric.

Kevin Cummings is a founding board member of WaterAfrica and currently serves as Treasurer. In 2007 he traveled to Zambia on a church sponsored World Vision trip and his heart was broken as he witnessed the lack of safe drinking water sources.  He observed women and girls walking long distances to retrieve water from contaminated shallow wells and from streams used for bathing and for watering livestock. Desiring to live out his calling in life to be the hands and feet of Christ, he is committed to providing safe water for people in Zambia.


Alan Shiffer
 began serving on WaterAfrica’s Board in 2019. He’s been involved with WaterAfrica since participating in the initial Walk4Water in 2007.  Alan has seen the powerful impact of clean water in Zambia during his 15 visits there since he joined the World Vision staff in 2010.  Alan and his wife, Diane, traveled to Zambia with WaterAfrica in 2018. Earlier, his son, Rob, visited Zambia in 2014. Their family are long-time members of Lake Grove Church. Alan joined World Vision following a business career including corporate roles in financial services and entrepreneurial startups in management consulting and technology.